Let’s start by making one thing clear–there is nothing wrong with a portable generator. In fact, portable generators are the perfect solution in many situations. For instance, if you’re going on a campout and want to power up an electric grill–or you’re glamping and want to watch TV (hey, we aren’t here to judge!)
But the thing about a portable system is that why it’s great in many scenarios, the one situation where it’s not the right choice is if you want to power your entire home during a widespread power outage. In this case, you’ll need a whole-home automatic standby generator.
This system allows you to power up all the important components of your household, from your water heater and refrigerator to your HVAC systems and even your electronic devices and medical equipment if needed. Read on as we uncover 4 main benefits of investing in a whole-home generator.
Portable generators require a tank of propane or gasoline in order to run. This means you’ll always need this tank on hand if you expect to use it during a power outage, and you’ll have to buy more depending on how long the power outage lasts.
Whole-house generators, however, can be hooked right up to the natural gas line that runs into your home. This means you’ll be ready whenever the power goes out, and you’ll never need to worry about making a trip to get more fuel, or having fuel delivered to your home in the middle of an emergency.
The reason these whole-home solutions are called “automatic standby generators” is because they function automatically when the power goes out, and they’re always on standby. Granted, you should have your generator professionally inspected each year to ensure it’s in good shape still, but you don’t have to worry about going out and switching anything on in the middle of a storm or in the middle of the night if the power goes off then.
The moment your power goes out, your whole-house automatic standby generator will step up to deal with the issue.
When you’re running your propane-powered portable generator close to your home, such as in your garage the fumes that are created could be dangerous for you and your family–not to mention the fire hazard risk that exists.
A whole-house system, powered by the natural gas line, can be easily ventilated to keep fresh air in your home and keep these fumes far away.
Better Long-Term Costs
Generators are one of those things you hope you’ll never need, but you’re glad when you have it. If not only for the convenience for the cost as well. We mentioned above how with a portable system you have to ensure you’re always stocked up on fuel.
There’s that cost to consider, as well as the cost of trying to scramble to stay comfortable on a cold night when the power has gone out, or the cost of replacing all the food in your refrigerator because the portable system wasn’t powerful enough to manage the heater and the fridge.